Two stone war memorials stand in Orangeville’s Alexandra Park, 11 Second St at First Ave, behind the town hall.
The cenotaph honours Dufferin County residents who died in WW1. (WW2, Korea and Afghanistan have since been added.) It was unveiled in November 1923, “in proud and grateful memory of those who gave their lives for freedom, truth and righteousness.”
A bronze statue of a Canadian soldier stands on a pillar with the names of fallen soldiers. Standard phrases of remembrance surround the top of the pillar – greater love hath no man than this, their name liveth for evermore, they died that we might live – as well as the county crest in bronze and the years 1914-1918. A lower base lists key battles – Ypres, Sanctuary Woods, Passchendaele, Amiens, Courcelette, Vimy Ridge, Arras and Bourlon Woods. On the plinth are carved the last lines of John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields.
The Veterans Memorial was built in 2003 to honour those who served and returned from WW1, WW2 and the Korean War. Three slabs of Manitoulin limestone form a contemplative corner of the park, “in enduring gratitude to those of our community who were prepared to give their lives for our freedom.” The memorial was donated by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the local Legion branch and by the Town of Orangeville.
The Dufferin County Museum and Archives has a virtual war memorial to document its residents who served in WW1 (and indeed who served from Napoleonic Wars to today).